Adrian Rodriguez

Mechanical Engineering Doctoral Student with a Research Emphasis in Robotics, Dynamics, and Contact/Impact Modeling

Adrian Rodriguez“The Mechanical Engineering Program is composed of a well-respected faculty who conduct research in many different areas. This provided me the opportunity to match my specific research interests with those of a faculty member who was more than willing to welcome me into his research lab group. Under his guidance, I completed my Master’s thesis work, attended a professional conference to present my work, and started the Ph.D. program in Mechanical Engineering with the aid of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate fellowship.”

Adrian’s advice for new graduate students:

“I would encourage new graduate students to get to know their instructors. Professors appreciate interested students, and it helps build relationships that are very important for the students’ academic and future professional careers. I would suggest graduate students who are interested in research start early and find a mentor who best fits the direction they want to pursue. Research the faculty by looking at their background, CV, etc. and then schedule a meeting to discuss the possibility of working together and opportunities for research.”


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